Effective Community Engagement for Sustainability: Wombat Community Forest Management Case Study
Abstract:The first significant government sponsored community-based forest management project in Australia was initiated in Central Victoria in 2002. This paper analyses the initial stage of the Wombat Community Forest Management Pilot Project. The paper develops a functional concept of 'effective community' for structuring community engagement in these kinds of natural resource management projects. The effective community has characteristics in common with a community of interest, adopts a bioregional perspective, embodies the values of environmental stewardship and interacts in a fully informed way as a 'discursive community' ( Meppam 2000 ). The paper offers general advice for organising effective community engagement in such projects and 12 recommendations for governments developing similar initiatives elsewhere.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: RMIT University, Melbourne Australia
Publication date: November 1, 2004